Rickie's in tune with Golf Boys
22:38 GMT, 7 May 2012
Perhaps the rest of golf's elite will now go down to the local fancy dress shop, pick a silly outfit and make a wacky pop video. Either that or the Golf Boys will change their name to the Winning Boys for the follow-up.
You remember Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler, three of the four self-proclaimed Golf Boys who made Oh, Oh, Oh their pop parody poking fun at the game's staid image which became a YouTube sensation
Now they could be forgiven for standing on the 18th green and doing a chorus of We Are The Champions.
Golf boys and girls: Rickie Fowler (third left) with friends and family including band member Ben Crane (left)
Who needs Tiger Woods Certainly not American golf with this trio of crowd pleasers who, between them over the past 10 weeks, just happen to have won the Masters, a world golf championship event and two of the better titles on the US Tour. Let's hear it for the Funboy Three.
Fowler is the latest to pick up the flame marked American golfing revival mentioned in this space last week. If the future is not orange, then the brightly-coloured one certainly hinted some of it will be with his thrilling victory in a play-off on Sunday night against Rory McIlroy and fellow American DA Points in the Wells Fargo.
It was always a mystery why Fowler had not won in America given his nerveless performance at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, where he took the last four holes of his singles match to force a half and keep his nation's hopes alive.
Perhaps he needed the matchplay-like feel of sudden-death. On the hardest hole at Quail Hollow on Sunday, the 18th, the 23-year-old with the Lanny Wadkins-like gunslinger's swing took dead aim and landed his second shot four feet from the flag to set up a winning birdie.
Consolation prize: Fowler beat new world no 1 Rory McIlroy (left) in a play-off at Quail Hollow
You could tell by Rory's face that if he had to lose, let it be to a shot like that. McIlroy's consolation was that joint second place saw him displace Luke Donald as world No 1 again.
Why has it all come so good for Fowler, Mahan and Watson It's surely another example of the miraculous power of a friendly rivalry. We've seen it with the UK Boys at the top of the world rankings and now we are seeing it with the Farm Boys.
On to Sawgrass then and the Players' Championship where, five months ahead of the Ryder Cup, the leading forces from Europe and America will be truly joined.
The winner It might be worth a punt on the fourth Golf Boy, Ben Crane, who must be fed up doing his impression of the fifth Beatle.
Quote of the Week
'I'm not telling the group at Augusta what to do, but if I were running the club I'd have plenty of women members.'
Augusta National member Warren Buffet. Isn't he breaking the golden green jacket rule never to comment on membership matters Either that or he's just so fed up being asked the dreaded women members question he wanted to give Masters chairman Billy Payne a much-needed hint to get on with it.
Booth and Parker looking good for big future
It is never easy growing up burdened with heavy expectation. Scot Carly Booth was given the dreaded title 'Next Big Thing' from the moment she entered her teenage years. How pleasing to see her leave them with a title already under her arm, after claiming the Aberdeen Asset Ladies Scottish Open at the weekend.
Right behind the 19-year-old in the pecking order was 22-year-old English lass Florentyna Parker. What wonders this photogenic pair could do for the British women's game.
Winning smile: Carly Booth celebrates at the Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield
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How do you fancy all four majors crammed between the second week in April and the third week in July, with The Open and the US PGA Championship taking place almost back to back
That could be the unsatisfactory price to be paid for golf's return to the Olympics in 2016.
The PGA of America's own website lists their major, the US PGA, as taking place in August that year. But there is no chance given their present insistence it must take place before the Olympics, which begins on August 5.
With The Open moving forward a week to finish on July 10, it looks as if the major season will be done and dusted by July 24.
'Sorting this out is a 24-carat headache,' was the vivid description given to me by one of those involved, while even Royal and Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson, one of the principal advocates for golf in the Olympics, conceded the spread of majors as currently proposed is 'not ideal'.
The reason why the PGA of America do not want their event after the Olympics is they have also got a home Ryder Cup to organise before the end of September.
And the top players think they have got problems trying to sort out their schedules…